Events for Wednesday 17th April 2013
On This Day in History
Bay of Pigs Invasion17th April 1961
An army of 1,400 anti-Castro Cuban exiles who have been secretly recruited, trained, and funded by the United States invade their homeland at Bahia de Cochinos--the Bay of Pigs. American President John F. Kennedy, disturbed by Fidel Castro's two-year-old communist regime in Cuba, approved the invasion but at the last minute refused to order air support when it became apparent that the operation was doomed to failure. Within three days, the invasion force, abandoned by Kennedy and the American military, was forced to surrender to the communists.
Further ReadingLaunch Pad UK: Britain and the Cuban Missile Crisis
by Jim Wilson OBE
For most British people the weekend of 27/28 October 1962 could so very easily have been their last weekend on earth. Yet, astonishingly, the fact that Britain's nuclear deterrent forces were set to such an unprecedented level of readiness was kept secret from the public. Thor nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles stood… Read more...Only £19.99 at Pen & Sword Books.